The transition from a 2D package to a 3D title is one that many artists will consider at some point, as they become tempted by the potential of turning their flat drawings into immersive worlds complete with fully fleshed out characters. However, many such applications are difficult to master – and although you’ll still need to reach for the manual regularly, Carrara does have the advantage of enabling you to concentrate on your creativity rather than having to decipher complex settings.
Tools and menus remain accessible without being distracting as you begin to explore the additional dimension that the application provides. Panels providing access to more complicated features of the software are arranged around the edges of the interface enabling easy access, and a timeline is available at the foot of the screen to suggest its animation potential.
Existing users will appreciate developments in lighting with ambient occlusion, translucency and subsurface scattering, adding body as well as depth to 3D objects, while inclusion and exclusion light lists provide greater control over what will be affected by your scene’s lighting.
More powerful 3D packages exist, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a rival that manages to balance capability with usability as effectively as this.